Is most published research really wrong?

 Part I – Do we put too much faith in “the latest scientific evidence”? Context of this post This post is an edited extract from chapter 3 of my as yet unpublished book about error and fraud in biological and medical research. In chapter 2 of this book I discuss in detail four case studies…

Sir Cyril Burt (1883-1971) and the heritability of intelligence debate

Sir Cyril Burt 1883-1971 and the Heritability of Intelligence Debate “Everything about the man – his fine sturdy appearance: his aura of vitality; his urbane manner; his unflagging enthusiasm for research, analysis and criticism; even such a small detail as his firm meticulous handwriting; and, of course, especially his notably sharp intellect and vast erudition…

Werner Bezwoda and fraudulent breast cancer research

This post is an edited extract from my unpublished book on scientific error and fraud; it is one of many case-studies of individual fraudulent scientists from different areas of the biological sciences, psychology and medicine. In this case study, error and fraud both contributed to the belief that high dose chemotherapy was a more effective…

Nutrition Research – past successes and future direction

Many disabling and often fatal diseases are caused by lack of an essential vitamin or mineral in the diet such as: Scurvy (vitamin C) Beriberi (thiamine/B1) Pellagra (niacin/B3) Rickets (vitamin D) Cretinism and goitre (iodine) Pernicious anaemia (a failure to absorb vitamin B12). In the first half of the twentieth century most of the essential…

The antioxidant myth

Perspective Back in 1972, Denham Harman predicted in a serious nutrition journal that an antioxidant supplement on top of a good normal diet might increase life expectancy by up to 7 years. Over the following decades the idea has been widely promoted that extra antioxidants in the form of supplements or antioxidant-rich foods would reduce…

Research fraud and error – *New Book*

Potential titles “Reckless and dishonest. Error and fraud in biological and medical research” OR “Error and Fraud. The dark side of biological and medical research”   Nature of the book I hesitate to call it a popular science book but I have tried to write a book that will sell beyond the specialist academic market.…